Moms need meditation probably more than anyone does. We’d like to think we’ll be able to ignore our needs while taking care of children, work and home. But children are sensitive to a mother’s stress and reportedly have higher stress themselves when the mother is overworked, anxious or depressed. With so little time to spare for meditation, moms need a practice that works and doesn’t require clearing their busy mind of thoughts or having to concentrate or focus.
A powerful stress-buster for moms
The Transcendental Meditation technique is easy to learn and effortless to practice, and most importantly it’s a powerfully effective stress buster. Research has found that TM practice produces a state of profound relaxation, much deeper than ordinary rest and accompanied by increased alertness and orderly brain function. Regular practice results in decreased anxiety and depression, reduced insomnia and hypertension.
Meditate, and nourish yourself
Intuition, patience, wisdom, love—all the divine qualities associated with motherhood—often depend on how rested we are, how aligned we are with our own inner voice and source of nourishment. By diving deep within during TM practice the mind effortlessly settles to quieter levels of thinking, transcending the pressures, worries and agitation of the active mind. Twice-daily experience of inner silence, happiness and energy not only replenishes our depleted reserves but creates vibrant consciousness and a naturally relaxed, stress-resilient physiology.
Fitting meditation into your busy life
Many mothers find that fitting meditation into their day more than makes up for the time it takes. Whether it’s during your baby’s nap, after your kids go to school, or before they come home, taking time to nourish yourself prepares you to be ‘on’ for others. If you work outside the home, meditating first thing in the morning or on your break at work may be best. As a mom, consider bringing meditation to your family. The TM technique can be learned by children as early as age 10, and there is also a technique suitable to children under ten.
Relevant Scientific Research Findings on the Transcendental Meditation program
- Increases energy
- Reduces insomnia
- Reduces anxiety
- Alleviates depression
The TM technique produces a state of deep rest compared to eyes-closed control conditions, as measured by reduced respiration rate, reduced basal skin conductance (increased skin resistance), and reduced plasma lactate. American Psychologist 42: 879-881, 1987.
Those who practice TM, in contrast to controls, show a calmer style of physiological functioning outside of meditation. American Psychologist 42: 879-881, 1987.